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» EU: Don’t Sideline Human Rights at EU-China Summit - 12-February-2012 EU: Don’t Sideline Human Rights at EU-China Summit February 12, 2012 http://www.hrw.org/node/105114 For Immediate Release Worsening Environment Requires Expressions of Concern, Expectations (New York, February 10, 2012) – The European Union should strongly express its concerns about China’s deteriorating human rights environment both publicly and privately during the EU-China Summit on February 14, 2012, in Beijing, Human Rights Watch said today. “With the Chinese government’s widening attacks on freedom of expression, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and government critics, the EU needs to speak out not just to protest abuses, but to make its expectations for positive change crystal clear,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “The EU should send a message that the Chinese government’s status quo on human rights is unacceptable and a threat to bilateral relations.” On February 6, Huma
» Chinese Premier Wen meets Panchen Lama - 12-February-2012 Chinese Premier Wen meets Panchen Lama February 12, 2012 Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday had a meeting with the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, at the Zhongnanhai compound in central Beijing, which is the office complex for both the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council. During the meeting, Wen, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau, congratulated the Panchen Lama, as well as all Tibetan compatriots, on the forthcoming Tibetan New Year, which falls on February 22. The premiere heard a report by the Panchen Lama on his life and work since he was enthroned 17 years ago. Wen praised and congratulated the Panchen Lama on his marked progress in Buddhist research and cultural and ethic aspects, noting that the Panchen Lama has behaved in a good style as a Living Buddha of the Tibetan Buddhism. The year 2011 is the 60th anniversary of the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, and over
» One More Tibetan Burns Self in Protest in Ngaba - 12-February-2012 One More Tibetan Burns Self in Protest in Ngaba February 12, 2012 TCHRD PRESS RELEASE 9 February 2012, Dharamsala Contact: Ms. Dukthen Kyi (English) / Mr. Jampel Monlam (Tibetan, Chinese) Tel: +91 1892 223363, 229225, 225874 A 19-yr-old Tibetan set himself alight in protest against the Chinese government on 8 February 2012 around 6.30 pm (Tibet Time) at Ngaba County in Sichuan Province. Rinzin Dorjee (aka Rikpe) self-immolated at No. 2 Primary School in Ngaba town, where 13 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire. Soon after the incident, security personnel arrived, doused the flames, and reportedly took Rikpe to the Aba County hospital. Later, he was taken to a hospital in Barkham (Chinese: Ma’erkang), capital of Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. Not much details are available on his condition. However, some sources say that by the night o
» Tibetans set themselves alight in protests - 12-February-2012 Tibetans set themselves alight in protests February 12, 2012 Warning - this video contains images which some may find distressing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16975739 Authorities in China have launched a big security operation to try to end a wave of unrest caused by Tibetan campaigners. In the past year, at least 19 people have publicly set themselves on fire, five in the past week alone, in a campaign calling for more freedom for Tibetans. China has exercised sovereignty over Tibet for more than six decades. Damian Grammaticas has been to Sichuan province bordering Tibet where most of the trouble has happened.
» Tibetans Burn Selves for Freedom - 12-February-2012 Tibetans Burn Selves for Freedom February 12, 2012 News today that three Tibetan herders may have set themselves alight highlights the increasing frequency with which Tibetans (usually monks or nuns) have been turning to self-immolation,bringing to 19 the total that have done so in the past year. Why are Tibetans setting themselves on fire with such frequency? The Chinese government has denied any responsibility, instead blaming the Dalai Lama for encouraging such radical actions. However, this claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The Chinese government has told the West that the Dalai Lama is irrelevant to Tibetans, while telling Chinese and Tibetans within China that he has been marginalized to the point of becoming a “political orphan.” It’s therefore illogical to accuse him of being the mastermind behind radical actions taken by Tibetans. The reality is that the Dalai Lama single-handedly introduced democracy to the Tibetan government in exile im
» Commentary: A Cry for Freedom - 12-February-2012 Commentary: A Cry for Freedom February 12, 2012 Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 4:27PM by Robert Thurman Oh my heart! Oh, my life! How can this happen! What can I do? I’m overwhelmed as I watch a video of the brave and passionate Tibetan Buddhist nun Palden Choetso standing in the street, burning herself as a human torch. I want to respond, to douse her flames. It’s impossible. So too is it to salute her for her bravery, for her faith in love, for her determination, and her belief that peace is possible. Did she cry out for freedom? For herself? Her people? Her land? Her nation? For her beloved lama, teacher, and savior? I watch as an elegant laywoman, a passerby startled and gripped with horror, manages to quickly take a white khata greeting scarf out of her bag, a traditional offering of goodwill and respect. She waves the scarf toward the stock-still flaming nun and then offers it into the fire as Palden Choetso passes out, dying in agony, her body crumpling to the
» TENZIN GYATSO, OUR PRECIOUS DALAI LAMA - 12-February-2012 TENZIN GYATSO, OUR PRECIOUS DALAI LAMA February 12, 2012 By Tsoltim N. Shakabpa You love us unfailingly No matter what You lift us up When we fall down Whatever you do You do for us You give us faith When we despair You are our savior When we fail Whatever you do You do for us You heal our hearts When they are broken You bless us genuinely When we are wanting Whatever you do You do for us You are our ears When we cannot hear You are our voices When we cannot speak Whatever you do You do for us You make us smile When we are sad You are our strength When we are weak Whatever you do You do for us You raise us up When we cannot reach You give us wisdom When we are ignorant Whatever you do You do for us You protect us When we are unsheltered You give us freedom When we are subdued Whatever you do You do for us You make us humble When we are proud You teach us compassion When we are uncaring Whatever you do You do for us You teach us to be non-violent When we are pro
» China sacks four officials in Tibet over 'stability' - 12-February-2012 China sacks four officials in Tibet over 'stability' February 12, 2012 The Chinese Communist Party chief in Tibet has sacked four officials for "endangering stability" in the region, state media reports. According to the Tibet Daily newspaper, they were sacked for leaving their posts in the Chamdo region during the Lunar New Year. The regional government on Monday had warned officials to maintain stability or face dismissal or criminal charges. The dismissal comes as another Tibetan reportedly set himself on fire. Two of the four officials face disciplinary charges. The man who set himself alight is believed to be a monk in Aba prefecture in Sichuan province, rights groups said. If confirmed, this would be the 20th such case in the past year. He was reportedly taken away by police on Wednesday and his current condition is unknown. The incident was reported by various rights groups, as well as the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in Dharamsala, India, the
» China to UN expert group: Panchen Lama receiving "excellent education"... - 12-February-2012 China to UN expert group: Panchen Lama receiving "excellent education" February 12, 2012 9 February, 2012 International Campaign for Tibet Group Raises cases of disappearances of Tibetan monk Jigme Guri and monks from Kirti monastery GENEVA, February 9, 2012 - According to a report of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID) submitted to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the government of the People’s Republic of China continues to maintain, nearly 17 years after his enforced disappearance, that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet, is not "under house arrest." Official Chinese claims notwithstanding, the Panchen Lama has not been seen since he was taken from his home in May 1995, nor have numerous appeals by the international community for specific information about his welfare and whereabouts been satisfied. "He and his family are currently leading normal lives in Tibet, and he is rec
» Tibet officials 'prepare for war' - 12-February-2012 Tibet officials 'prepare for war' February 12, 2012 Officials in the Tibet Autonomous Region have been ordered to recognize the "grave situation" in maintaining stability and to ready themselves for "a war against secessionist sabotage," months before a major plenary session of the Communist Party of China. The fight against the Dalai Lama clique is a "long-term, complicated and sometimes even acute" one, Chen Quanguo, regional Party chief of Tibet, was quoted by the Tibet Daily Thursday as saying. "For those irresponsible officials who walk away from their duties, fail to implement policies or are found guilty of dereliction of duty in maintaining stability, they shall be immediately removed from their posts, pending punishment, regardless of how great the contributions they made in the past or what kind of position they held," Chen warned in a strongly worded speech. Chen asked local officials to "improve the precautionary and emer
» Tibetan man self-immolates today in Ngaba - 12-February-2012 Tibetan man self-immolates today in Ngaba February 12, 2012 In a climate of deepening tension and military buildup, a Tibetan man set fire to himself today (February 8) at around 6 pm local time in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), according to Tibetan monks in exile who are in contact with people in the region. According to two Tibetan monks from Kirti monastery in Dharamsala, India (associated with Kirti monastery in Ngaba), the Tibetan set himself on fire at a primary school early in the evening in Ngaba county town in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province (the Tibetan area of Amdo). Sources said that the Tibetan seemed to be a monk, but his name and place of origin are not known. He was taken away by police, and it is not known whether he is still alive. Two monks were also detained from the vicinity. The two Kirti monks in exile, Kanyag Tsering and Lobsang Yeshe, said that they believed security was tightened still further in Ngaba because of the global spotl
» China premier meets govt-installed Tibetan cleric - 12-February-2012 China premier meets govt-installed Tibetan cleric February 12, 2012 By SCOTT McDONALD, Associated Press – 2 days ago BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told a government-installed Tibetan cleric Friday to uphold national unity in a meeting amid recurring anti-government unrest in Tibetan communities. The government's account of Wen's meeting with the Panchen Lama did not mention the unrest, which sparked two weeks ago with protests in southwest China. Chinese security forces shot dead Thursday two Tibetan brothers who had been on the run since taking part in the protests, U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia said. Wen urged the Panchen Lama to play a bigger role in maintaining national unity and ethnic harmony, a statement on the central government's website said. The Panchen Lama is the second-ranked religious leader to Tibetans, after the Dalai Lama, but most Tibetans do not accept him because he was appointed by Beijing. The original boy selec
» Nun Self-immolates; Buildings Torched - 11-February-2012 The incidents cap a week of shootings and protests in Tibetan-populated provinces in China. Photo courtesy of Kanyag Tsering Tenzin Choedron in an undated photo. A teenage Tibetan Buddhist nun set herself on fire on Saturday in the latest self-immolation against Chinese rule as protesters torched government buildings in southwestern Sichuan province, exile sources said.Tenzin Choedron, aged 18 and from the Mamo Nunnery in the Ngaba (Aba, in Chinese) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, shouted slogans against the Chinese government as she was burning before security forces hauled her away, the sources said, quoting local contacts.Choedron was the 23rd Tibetan—and the third nun—to have self-immolated since February 2009 when Beijing stepped up a clampdown on monasteries and rounded up hundreds of protesting monks.Thirteen of the 23 who self-immolated are known to have died following their protests, according to advocacy group International Campaign for Tibet.Choedron is believed to have suffe
» Forced Eviction 'Illegal' - 10-February-2012 Vietnam will review its land management policies after a botched high-profile forced eviction. Photo: RFA Map showing the location of the controversial land eviction incident in Vietnam. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung called Friday for a revamp of the country's land management policies as he criticized the forced eviction of an ex-Vietnamese soldier turned farmer who had used explosives to resist a government land-repossession move.Farmer Doan Van Vuon is in jail for attacking security forces who came to repossess his farmland in the northern port city of Hai Phong on Jan. 5, a case widely reported in the country's media, which is tightly controlled by Vietnam's ruling Communist Party.But Prime Minister Dung, who has taken a personal interest in the case, said on Friday that the repossession and forced eviction were illegal, drawing relief from Vuon's family and fellow farmers."My family are all happy about that. We depend on the Party and the Government to handle it properl
» Official Denies Refugee Crisis - 10-February-2012 Thousands flee Burma to escape fighting between government and ethnic armies. US Campaign for Burma Kachin refugees flee to Burma's border with China to escape the fighting, June 14, 2011. More than 50,000 people have fled to the southwestern Chinese border following fighting between Burma's ethnic Kachin rebels and government troops, aid workers said Friday. But an official in China's Yunnan province denied there is a burgeoning refugee problem in the region.Armed clashes between Burmese government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) began last June, but have escalated into large-scale conflict since the beginning of the year, aid groups said, despite efforts by both sides to initiate a ceasefire agreement.Dozens of refugee camps have mushroomed in Yunnan's Dehong prefecture, which runs along the border with KIA-held territory in Burma, and refugees are now facing overcrowding and a shortage of food and medical supplies, according to aid worker Ma Er, who is coordinating rel
» Pilgrims May Be Held For Months - 10-February-2012 Tibetans returning from a major Buddhist ritual in India may be held for up to four months by Chinese authorities. RFA / Thomas L. Kelly Tibetan pilgrims receive Buddhist teachings at the Kalachakra in Bodhgaya, India, January 2012. Hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims held by Chinese authorities following their return last month from a religious gathering in India presided over by the Dalai Lama may be detained until May, according to sources in Tibet and overseas.The pilgrims—including retired Communist Party and government cadres—are being held in hotels around Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, and are being interrogated about their activities and contacts in India and subjected to intensive “political re-education” sessions, sources said.“There must be at least 700 or 800 of them detained in [Tibet’s regional capital] Lhasa,” one U.S.-based Tibetan said, citing sources in the region. “I don’t have an accurate number.”“They were put in the hotels and forced to do ‘political study’ and confession,” a
» Seven Years in Jail For a Poem - 10-February-2012 A veteran Chinese dissident is the latest in a string of political activists to receive heavy jail terms for 'subversion.' Photo courtesy of Chinese Human Rights Defenders. Undated photo of Zhu Yufu. Updated at 1.40 p.m. EST on 2012-2-10 A court in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou has handed down a seven-year jail term to a veteran pro-democracy activist for "incitement to subvert state power" after he penned a poem calling on the Chinese people to vote with their feet.Zhu Yufu, 60, was handed the sentence on Friday after his Jan. 31 trial, the latest in a string of political activists to receive heavy jail terms for subversion, the China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) said in a statement.The procuratorate’s indictment cited as evidence a poem, “It Is Time,” that Zhu wrote and shared during online calls for 'Jasmine' rallies inspired by protests in the Middle East in early 2011.During his trial Zhu told the court that he had been merely exercising his freedoms as enshrined in the co
» New Self-Immolation Amid Tensions - 10-February-2012 New Self-Immolation Amid Tensions February 10, 2012 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/tensions-02082012101354.html February 8, 2012— Another Tibetan protester set himself ablaze Wednesday to protest Chinese rule in a Tibetan-populated area of China’s western Sichuan province, according to Tibetan sources in exile. Twenty-one Tibetans, mostly monks and former monks, have set fire to themselves in a wave of self-immolation protests in ethnic Tibetan regions of China since March 2009 as Beijing has stepped up a crackdown on monasteries amid charges of human rights abuses. Wednesday's self-immolation took place at 6:30 p.m. local time at the No. 2 primary school in the main town of Ngaba county, in the Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) prefecture, India-based monks Losang Yeshe and Kanyag Tsering said in a statement to RFA, citing contacts in the region. The still-unidentified Tibetan man shouted slogans before self-immolating, they said. “The protester appeared to be a monk,&
» Thousands Protest in Kyegudo - 10-February-2012 Thousands Protest in Kyegudo February 10, 2012 (report includes photos and an audio report) http://www.voanews.com/tibetan-english/news/Thounds-Protest-in-Kyegudo-138958099.html- Thousands of Tibetans staged protest in Kyegudo in Yushu Prefecture in Qinghai province Wednesday morning. ?? About 1,400 Tibetan protesters carried banners and chanted slogans calling for return of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, freedom for Tibet, respect for Tibetan lives and Tibetan langauge and release of political prisoners including Panchen Lama. Sources told VOA Tibetan the group of protesters were to march from Sekhar Monastery to Zatoe town before they were blocked at a bridge by Chinese security forces and dispersed to their respective places. There is no case of arrest or conflict. An immediate meeting was held in the afternoon' trucks of police were deployed in the protest area.
» Kalon Tripa Calls for More Concrete Actions from Int’l Community on Tibet... - 10-February-2012 Kalon Tripa Calls for More Concrete Actions from Int’l Community on Tibet February 10, 2012 DHARAMSHALA: Expressing grave concern over the well-being of Tibetans in Tibet in view of the Chinese military build-up in Tibet, Kalon Tripa has called for more substantive support from the world community to end the Chinese government’s repression in Tibet. “Hundreds of convoys carrying Chinese military personnel with automatic machine guns are moving towards Tibet. We fear many Tibetans might face unfortunate experiences,” Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay told hundreds of Tibetans and supporters gathered at a solidarity vigil in Dharamsala today. “We really feel the Chinese government is preparing for something really tragic. Hence it is critical that the international community must intervene now to show support for Tibet and Tibetan people,” Dr Sangay said. “The Tibetans in Tibet are giving up their lives because the occupation of Tibet and repressive polic
» Self-immolation and tension in Tibet as solidarity vigils held across the globe... - 10-February-2012 Self-immolation and tension in Tibet as solidarity vigils held across the globe February 10, 2012 Press release: 8 February 2012 At approximately 6 pm today (local time), an unidentified person set themselves on fire in Ngaba town, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet (Ch: Aba, Aba Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan) (2) according to local secondary sources. Conflicting reports have been received as to the exact location of the self-immolation. The well-being and whereabouts of the person are unknown. An eye-witness reported that two monks were detained at the location of the self-immolation immediately afterwards. Trying to explain the pressure people were suffering in Ngaba, a local person recalled a proverb: “We are sweating even without the sun” and called on“the United Nations and anyone else who can help, to please help solve our problems. Brave Tibetans are dying [self-immolating], others are detained and arrested, and others, like me, who ar
» Tibetan Village Stops Mining on Sacred Mountain - 10-February-2012 Tibetan Village Stops Mining on Sacred Mountain February 10, 2012 http://intercontinentalcry.org/tibetan-villagers-halt-mining-project-on-sacred-mountain/ In Tibetan culture, where people live in intimate relationship with the natural world around them, reality and mythology have a way of blending together. So it was perhaps no surprise to local villagers when, after a Chinese mining company and local authorities repeatedly repelled efforts stop a gold mining project on the slopes of holy Mount Kawagebo, the mountain appeared to strike back. Mount Kawagebo, so sacred that climbing is banned, sits on the border between Tibet and China’s Yunnan Province; its eastern side is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Area UNESCO World Heritage site. In February 2011, a small gold-mining operation started near the village of Abin, which is on the western side of Kawagebo, along the path of an 800-year-old pilgrimage route that circles the mountain, attracting tens of
» Ready to offer help to ease tensions over Tibet: Krishna - 10-February-2012 Ready to offer help to ease tensions over Tibet: Krishna February 10, 2012 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Ready-to-offer-help-to-ease-tensions-over-Tibet-Krishna/articleshow/11810035.cms BEIJING: Describing Tibet issue as an internal affair of China, India said it was "willing to offer any help" to ease the recent spurt in tensions, striking a cautious note on the self immolations by Buddhist monks and subsequent violence. External affairs minister, SM Krishna who held extensive talks with four senior Chinese leaders today, told the media here that the Tibetan issue had figured during the parleys. "We did discuss Tibetan issue also. It is government of India's position that the Tibetan Autonomous Region is part of the People's Republic of China, (PRC) as a result of that we are dealing with internal affairs of China", he said. "Hence we have to be very cautious and any help that we can render to ease
» Herdsmen Demand Answers, Compensation - 09-February-2012 Uyghurs in China’s northwest say local authorities seized thousands of acres of their land. RFA These families say government officials appropriated their land in Xinjiang's Toksun county. More than 40 ethnic Uyghurs protested outside of a government office in China’s northwest Xinjiang region Thursday demanding that authorities return a portion of land they say was seized from them and given to Han Chinese as part of a municipal development plan. The protesters, from Turpan prefecture in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, said that some 410,000 mu (67,500 acres) of their grazing land and 68 livestock pens were appropriated by local authorities in 2008 for the expansion of the regional capital Urumqi. But they said that none of them had been offered compensation. Abdurehim Abliz, a representative of the group from Toksun county’s Gholbiyi village, said that the herdsmen had hoped to speak with officials at the Urumqi municipal office about an edict which higher authorities had issu
» Row Over Olympic Toy Factory - 09-February-2012 Chinese workers work long hours for little pay, poor food, report charges. AFP A Chinese customer inspects mascots for the 2012 London Olympics at a shop in Beijing, Aug. 21, 2011. Allegations by a Hong Kong rights group that toys promoting London's 2012 Olympics were made in a factory with scant concern for workers' rights have prompted a probe into pay and conditions there, as well as a sharp denial from the factory management.Workers at the Yangcheng Rainbow Arts and Crafts Co. in the eastern province of Jiangsu have no labor contract, and are denied maternity leave and a basic salary, according to a report last month from the Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM).The group said it had investigated the factory, which makes the Wenlock, Mandeville, and Pride-the-Lion mascots in Dafeng city, and which also supplies Disney, over several months in 2011.It accused the factory, which has passed previous international inspections, of forcing workers to lie to audito
» 100 Escape From Traffickers - 09-February-2012 NGOs are concerned by the growing numbers of Cambodians enslaved on Thai fishing boats. RFA At least 100 Cambodians have been rescued from Thai fishing boats in Indonesia over the last year. At least 100 Cambodians have escaped from forced labor conditions on Thai fishing boats over the past year, according to rights groups, highlighting an increasing and dangerous trend in human trafficking in the Southeast Asian region. All of them were found in Indonesia, where boats linked to Thai human trafficking syndicates usually anchor at a fishing port on eastern Ambon island. Ninety-three of the Cambodians have been repatriated home. Mom Sok Char of Cambodia-based nongovernmental organization Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW) said that his organization had received a number of telephone calls over the last year from Cambodian nationals seeking help in Indonesia after escaping from the fishing vessels. “Since [the beginning of] 2011 there have been at least 100 victims rescued from
» Election Activist Stands Trial - 09-February-2012 Authorities in southern China try an independent candidate who hoped to stand for local parliamentary elections. ImagineChina Staff at a Chinese company cast votes in local parliamentary elections in Shanghai, Sept. 14, 2011. A court in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong is trying an independent parliamentary election candidate this week for violating electoral law, her lawyer said.Last October, hundreds of Li Biyun's supporters turned out in her home district of Rongli, in Guangdong's Foshan city, to protest her detention.But her trial went ahead this week at the Shunde district People's Court in Foshan, according to her legal representative Wang Jinping."Li Biyun was charged because she protested against illegal election practices," Wang said, adding that Li had scant chance of a fair trial."The elections were organized by the local National People's Congress (NPC), and now the public prosecutors and the judges are all people who were appointed by them," he said."There are al
» Foreign Poll Observers Critical - 09-February-2012 A senior U.S. lawmaker wants the Burmese government to invite foreign observers to elections. RFA Senator McCain speaking to RFA in Washington, Feb. 9, 2012. A top U.S. senator pushed the Burmese authorities Thursday to allow international observers to monitor upcoming elections in April, saying foreign endorsement of the polls is critical."International observers are always important, particularly when the country is holding its first [free] elections," Republican Senator John McCain told RFA in an interview in Washington.The April by-elections will see pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) taking on Burma's military-backed ruling party for the first time since 1990, when the NLD's landslide victory was not recognized by the country's then-military rulers. playerFile = "http://www.rfa.org/english/FlashPlayer.swf"; fpFileURL = "http://a9.g.akamai.net/f/9/9391/6h/rfa.download.akamai.com/21309/ENG/Burma-McCain.flv"; fpPreviewImageURL = "http://a9.g.a
» Self-Immolater Fights for Life - 09-February-2012 Amid tensions, three officials in Tibet are sacked for failing to crack down on unrest. AFP Tibetan monks walk past police vehicles on a street in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province, Jan. 26, 2012. A Tibetan teenager who set himself ablaze this week to protest Chinese rule is in critical condition after Chinese security forces doused the flames and took him away, according to sources in exile and Tibet.He was identified as former monk Rigdzin Dorje, aged 19.Dorje set fire to himself on Wednesday at a school in the main town of Ngaba county, in the Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) prefecture in Sichuan.He was the 21st Tibetan to have self-immolated in a wave of protests in ethnic Tibetan regions of China since March 2009 as Beijing stepped up a crackdown on monasteries.“He was taken from the site of his protest by soldiers and police, first to the county hospital and later to Barkham,” the prefectural capital, India-based monks Kanyag Tsering and Losang Yeshe said, citing contacts in
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